Why People Suck, Reason#2

April 18, 2010 at 5:56 pm (Why People Suck)

An episode of 30 Rock is called to mind as I think about something that happened to me today. During this episode, Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) is being kind of a bitch to her staff, and one writer, Lutz, calls her a pretty nasty name when he thinks she isn’t listening…that word being the C-word, quite possibly the most offensive, insulting word a woman can be called by a man. Liz, naturally, gets incredibly upset and instantly tries to rectify the situation by being a better, nicer person. When I first saw that episode a few years ago (It was a season 1 ep), I laughed and didn’t think anything of it; but now, I think I know how Liz feels. Because you know what? There’s no male equivalent to that word.

Think about it. What’s the worst name you can call a guy? Bastard? Douche? why are there so many more derogatory names for females as opposed to males? Why is it that we can say mean things to each other in jest, but when it is real, it is so much more offensive? Girls call each other sluts and whores all the time in a joking, almost loving manner; yet when a woman’s character and morals are actually questioned, it takes on a whole new meaning. Similarly, people of certain ethnic backgrounds may call each other names as a sign of acceptance and belonging to a specific group. It is then considered offensive for parties outside of that group to use the same name, whether as an insult or not.

I was randomly told today by someone I thought of as a friend that they did not like me because I am a cunt.  This is a person who doesn’t shy away from using bold or potentially offensive language as a joke or a show of familiarity with another. I know this person well enough to know it wasn’t a joke–especially after they left when I attempted to confront them. It has ruined my entire day, placed self-doubt in my mind, and made me incredibly angry. Needless to say, I’ve lost any shred of respect for that person that I’d had before.  So the Number 2 reason why people suck? Because they can be as offensive and insulting as they want without any consequences.


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Why People Suck, Reason #1

April 6, 2010 at 11:01 pm (Why People Suck)


This is an article in USA Today that highlights the story of Constance McMillen, an 18-year old lesbian who wanted nothing more than to take her girlfriend to the prom. The prom, an event that, as cheesy and stereotypical as it sounds, is a defining moment in most highschoolers’ lives. A simple event. A dance with some punch, spiffy tuxes, horrible music and pretty awesomely poofy dresses.

The county of Iwatamba in Mississippi originally denied Constance the right to bring her girlfriend to the prom as her date–but instead of flat out refusing to let only Constance attend, the school decided to cancel the entire prom. When Constance brought her case to court, the judge obviously ruled in her favor, stating that her rights had been violated. Everything seemed fine–that is, of course, until the students of her school decided to have a secret prom and invite Constance to a fake one at an entirely different venue, with only two other classmates and a handful of teachers.

This disgusts me. I realize that teenagers and even adults can be cruel to eachother, but this is ridiculous. It physically hurts me to read these types of stories. I really and truly do not understand why being gay and bringing your boyfriend or girlfriend as your date to a public place is wrong. OH WAIT. I know why. BECAUSE IT ISN’T WRONG AT ALL. Those students better read the Declaration of Independence in their history classes and glue the list of certain unalienable rights onto the inside of their eyelids, because “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” are definitely among the major demands written there.

People still don’t get it. It doesn’t matter what color your skin is, what language you speak, where you come from, what your heritage is, what job you have or what your sexual orientation is. We’re all just PEOPLE, and we need to learn to RESPECT EACH OTHER. And if you tell me that Jesus won’t like it, I will shove that down your throat, because I’m pretty sure Jesus doesn’t like seeing you treat people like they’re pieces of garbage. How dare you.

At the risk of becoming uncivil, this is all I will write on the subject.

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